dailyphoto080709-1.jpgAshanti Teams with Cartier for Charity
French jewelry company, Cartier, has teamed up with eight different artists for their Lovecharity bracelet campaign. The eight artists — which include Ashanti, Common, Janet Jackson, Fergie and Eve — have been brought together as ambassadors with each representing a charity and corresponding bracelet for the initiative. The new Lovecharity bracelet features interlocking miniature Love bracelets in 18K white gold and 18K rose gold, both graced with the word “Love” and set into a knotted silk cord available in various colors, with each cord designating support of a unique cause. While the cost of the bracelets were not revealed, in previous campaigns, they sold for $475. Cartier says they will donate $200 from the sale of each Lovecharity bracelet going to the corresponding charity of each artists’ choice. (Continue Reading…)

1938 Media Loses Verizon Deal Over Racism Charges
1938 Media’s distribution deal with Verizon, announced just a week ago, is history. Yesterday a group of “civil rights activists” protested the deal and threatened to boycott Verizon. The reason? A 2007 video that Feldman created called ” TechNigga” that the groups say is racist. The video was not included on Verizon, and television reports that Verizon financed the video are incorrect. But Feldman confirmed to me that all 1938 Media videos were removed by Verizon yesterday and that they terminated the relationship today. There is almost certainly a back story to this that may unwind over the coming days. Feldman has been in the spotlight recently for a set of puppet videos that originally mocked new media consultant Shel Israel (and later others including me, Loic LeMeur and Dave Winer). A lot of people were angry with Feldman over the parodies (and I drew criticism for covering the story) – and it wouldn’t surprise me if someone helped organize the early stages of this protest. (Continue Reading…)

Family Plans $25M Suit in Waiting Room Death
The relatives of a woman who died on the floor of a New York hospital say they plan to file a $25 million lawsuit against the city and the facility where Esmin Green died. Green’s family is also calling for criminal charges against hospital workers, who they say failed to help her and then attempted to cover up the circumstances of her death. “My sister was killed twice,” said Brenda James, Green’s sister. “First, by those who neglected to offer her the needed health care. Secondly, she was killed by those who tried to cover up this criminal action.” The family has retained a lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, to file the suit. Green, a Jamaican immigrant, had been involuntarily admitted to the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, on June 18 for what the hospital described as “agitation and psychosis.” (Continue Reading…)

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